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Royal Holloway

Honorary doctorate for Martin Wirsing

München, 07/27/2016

Martin Wirsing, Professor of Informatics and Vice-President of LMU, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of London. The distinction was conferred upon him by Royal Holloway, one of the university’s 17 constituent colleges.

Professor Wirsing in his doctoral gown, pictured with Professor José Fiadeiro (Head of Computer Science at Royal Holloway, on the left) and Professor Paul Hogg (Dean of the Science Faculty, on the right).

Professor Martin Wirsing is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of Computer Sciences. During the course of this year’s Summer Graduation Ceremonies, which were held in the historic chapel of the Founder’s Building, particular reference was made to the significance of Wirsing‘s innovative application of formal methods to software development, and his contributions to the systematic development of adaptive, autonomic and self-reflexive systems. Wirsing has written or edited more than 20 books and published some 250 research papers. He was appointed Head of the Research Unit for Programming and Software Technology (PST) at LMU in 1992, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics from 1999 until 2001, and as Director of the Institute for Informatics in 2006-2007. In 2010 he became Vice-President for Teaching and Studies.

For his outstanding achievements in research and his contributions to science and knowledge management, Professor Wirsing was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by Royal Holloway College.

Royal Holloway was founded specifically as a college for women in 1886 by the industrialist and philanthropist Thomas Holloway. It was formally opened by Queen Victoria in the same year. In 1900 it was incorporated into the University of London. Male students were first admitted to the college in1965. Royal Holloway is organized into three Faculties – Arts & Social Sciences, Management & Economics, and Science.